Republic of Turkey Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure conducted in the European Union's partnership with Istanbul Halkalı- The construction of the Edirne Kapıkule Railway Line project drew reaction due to the increased dust concentration in agricultural areas. In Kabaağaç village of Edirne's Havsa district, the concentration of dust in agricultural areas due to the project construction draws attention; CHP Edirne Deputy Assoc. Dr. Okan Gaytancıoğlu, Thrace Platform sözcüSü Göksal Çidem and Edirne City Council Executive Board Chairman Ziya Gökerkük stated that the damage to the farmer should be compensated.
Republic of Turkey Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure conducted in the European Union's partnership with Istanbul Halkalı-Edirne Kapıkule Railway Line project's ongoing construction has reacted in Edirne. It was noteworthy that the ongoing construction of the project, the foundations of which were laid at the historical train station in Trakya University Karaağaç Campus, on 25 September 2019, increased the dust density in the agricultural areas in the village of Kabaağaç in Havsa district of Edirne.
According to the news of Uğur Akagündüz from SÖZCÜ; “While the intense dust formation caused by the trucks working in the project construction, which is expected to last 4 years, affects the agricultural areas in the region; It was stated that it could harm agricultural production as well as human and environmental health. While it was announced that the negativities that occurred in the agricultural areas due to the project construction were conveyed to the Edirne Agriculture and Forestry Provincial Directorate and the Provincial Directorate of Environment and Urbanization; CHP Edirne Deputy Assoc. Dr. Okan Gaytancıoğlu, Thrace Platform sözcüSü Göksal Çidem and Edirne City Council Executive Board Chairman Ziya Gökerkük made statements about the impact of the project construction on agricultural lands. Çidem stated in his statement the complaints of the regional producer arising from the project construction and Gökerkük stated the impact of the project construction on the agricultural areas in the region; Gaytancıoğlu said that the damage that will occur in agricultural areas should be met.
Thrace Platform sözcüSü Göksal Çidem stated that the agricultural areas around the 3-kilometer road leading to the project construction were negatively affected by the intense dust formation; “Manufacturers are very complaining about this and don't know what to do. The situation is very bad and action needs to be taken urgently. If there is a loss, the manufacturer must be compensated. Urgent measures should be taken for the sustainability of agricultural production. Even if the measures are not taken, the producers will take legal action ”.
“Yield and Quality will be Adversely Affected”
Edirne City Council Executive Board Chairman Ziya GökerkÜK, on the other hand, said that the heavy dust formation caused by truck traffic in the project construction caused the agricultural areas to be covered with dust; “The dust generated will negatively affect yield and quality in agricultural production. In this case, dust emissions due to the severity of the dominant winds are carried to the agricultural areas in the east-west direction. "It will make photosynthesis difficult by blocking the organs of the plants grown in the region, which is an absolute agricultural area, like leaf palm," he said.
“It will pose a threat to human and environmental health”
Pointing out that dust emission may prevent the plant from reproducing and reproducing as a result of accumulation in the leaves, roots and stems of plants; “In this case, it will gradually affect plant growth and yield. It will be inevitable that the local people who make a living with these products will be affected by this situation. If no precautions are taken, the agricultural production will be damaged and the people of this region will be affected by this situation and will pose a threat in terms of human-environmental health and existence. It is clear that the producer will lose revenue as a result of this activity. It is important for the loss of producers to be determined by determining the loss to be incurred by the relevant institutions in order to sustain agricultural production. ”
“Notified to Official Institutions”
While Gökerk Küçük says that the Articles 2872, 1 and 3 of the Environmental Law numbered 30 should be applied in order for the farmer to solve the problem. “If our state is a state of law, the relevant article of the Environment Law No. 2872 should be applied. Some of the citizens, who did not escape the attention of the villagers and the citizens passing by, and who were victimized, reported the situation to the Provincial Directorate of Agriculture and the Provincial Directorate of Environment and Urbanization. In these days when people are restricted to the streets due to the epidemic, our official institutions should have the duty to go to the region and make damage determination without the complaints of our farmers who are victims. Farmers' Protection Boards, Agricultural District and Provincial Directorates exist for these days ”.
“Victimizations Should Be Eliminated”
Gökerkbahar, who wants to eliminate the grievances of farmers; “Unfortunately, it is difficult to follow the company that works 7/24 in this period when many workplaces take a break from work and to determine what they are doing at any moment. But it is enough to study the plants. Everyone knows that the work done is planned not to harm agriculture and livestock, environment and people. Today, when agriculture is gaining more importance, it will be appropriate for the relevant institutions to take precautions and determine the harm and eliminate the grievances ”.
“Need Fast Train, Nature Also”
On the other hand, while Gaytancıoğlu stated that the project should not be harmed in the period of its realization; “We need high-speed trains to transport and reach the world, but nature is also required. One should not damage the vegetation in nature. The importance of agriculture, plants, food and the environment has increased even more especially in these days when there is a corona virus. So we have to think about the future. Everyone should learn the term sustainable development. They can make money, but they should not harm the environment while making money. I invite everyone to common sense in this matter. He says that the transactions will be completed as soon as possible, but the wheat harvest will begin in the region. Despite this, the farmer does not have any work to meet the yield loss ”.
“The Firm Should Cover the Loss”
Gaytancıoğlu said that Turkey is the operation of the law of one of the biggest problems today; “There is the law of the superiors, not the rule of law. They increased the rent even more in the days of the corona virus. Nobody can react, there are age limits and travel restrictions between cities. They say, 'Nobody reacts anyway, let's do as much as we can.' These need to be public, but also the environment. Agricultural production should be made not only for us but also for future generations. In the future, water and food will become even more important. Therefore, we should not consume resources. For this reason, we demand that the contractor company compensate for the damage that will occur in agricultural fields. ”
Completed in 100th Year
Trans-European Transport Hatları'nın in the period the groundbreaking ceremony held in Edirne described the project as part of the Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Mehmet Cahit Turhan, the European Union Transport and Mobility Commissioner Violetta Bulc, the European Union Delegation to Turkey President Christian Berger, Bulgarian Transport Information Technology Angel Popov and Deputy Minister of Communication, the European Union and External Relations General Manager and Head of the Telecommunication Authority of the Republic of Turkey Erdem State Railways General Director Ali Ihsan participated appropriate. The project is expected to complete the establishment of the Republic of Turkey in the 100th.